When I wrote my first blogpost (appreciation and sharing) I wrote the following:
“Conservation and appreciation of Nature is the primary focus of my blog – sustainable use of the outdoors with a view to unearth and hopefully master long forgotten traditions, celebrating experiences and, through teaching others, paving the way for new pathways into the future.”
It seems fitting to post something that brings all these elements to the fore amongst the hustle and bustle of London’s Sloane Square. I salute people who think in terms of flower superhighways and who take the trouble to hand out seeds that will help build them…
respect to J. Crew for taking the initiative and building walls of flowering plants on their Sloane Square outlet… If you are in London, go and get some of their seeds and plant them this summer… Photo – worklondonstyle http://worklondonstyle.com
I thank my Darling Wife for her infinite patience and support of metiefly over the last 15 months. As we sip our Twinings English Breakfast, I wish to share a strong message on behalf of fauna and flora all over the world… Thank you J.Crew for this fabulous project!
a picture tells a thousand words… what can you do to make your own little corner of the universe a better place for all living things?
Lastly, on my 100th blogpost, I wish thank you, my plethora of very special readers for joining me in my little adventure… I look forward to your next visit.
27 July update… Fantastic to see the flowers opening, just in time to help the bees through the late stages of summer and into autumn. Please share your results if you also grew some this year!
August update – a picture tells a thousand words!
Posted in Catch and release, nature conservation, Thames Sea Trout, Thames Trout, Uncategorized
Tagged Arts, Biodiversity, Biology, Business, Conservation, Education, London, Nature, Outdoors, Quality lifestyle, Sustainability, Sustainable Development
I just love this picture… I read somewhere that globally, Mallards are the most widespread species of duck. They always make me smile when I see them.
striking a pose… completely at ease with my proximity these two were enjoying Spring in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Photo – metiefly
Thank you for visiting, as always.
Posted in nature conservation, Uncategorized
Tagged Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Education, London, Mallard ducks, Nature, Nature's Palette, Outdoors, Sustainability, Sustainable Development
I have enjoyed dipping into Talesbytheriverbank (http://talesbytheriverbank.wordpress.com) for some time now, having originally connected online exchanging comments about Sea Trout and other Salmonids in the River Thames. Yesterday we finally got to meet and despite what felt like an arctic breeze, we shared an afternoon of easy going conversation and fishing…
Mr Tales and Young Tales – what a pleasure meeting like minded gentlemen who braved the elements and rose to the challenge of the day’s fishing admirably!
Our mission was to connect Young Tales with one of Syon’s finest and although it took a lot longer than expected after the wind came up, we eventually sought refuge from the breeze and Mr Tales tied on the winning formula. Hardly any movement on the surface meant many probing casts and much patience endured by Young Tales – it is wonderful to see how they have learnt to operate as a team:
Young Tales has a knack for predicting the future and Judging by how adept he is with a fly rod, I foresee a lifetime of exploration and mastery of everything that fly fishing has to offer…
We sent a scout up ahead to scan for movement:
Returning to report back that he has a feeling we are about to catch something – (no pressure Dad!)
Mr Tales had mentally marked a few spots where a fish had moved and skillfully returned his fly several times before a beautiful rainbow finally connected… Seeing Young Tales spring into action and his remarkable calm despite his obvious excitement was a real joy:
Playing a 2.5lb trout is an adrenalin rush – this young man was having the time of his life!
Father and son did a great job landing their catch and ensuring Young Tales’s dinner (apparently to be ably assisted by the cats!)
Told you so! Young Tales predicted this moment and then worked hard towards it all afternoon – well done!
All in all, a day well spent in the great outdoors, passing on knowledge and adventure to the next generation. We look forward to future outings if and when our crazy schedules allow it.
This Gentleman’s love of fishing is easily apparent, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of antique tackle, different species and piscatorial current affairs makes for fantastic conversations… http://talesbytheriverbank.wordpress.com
Thank you for reading, please return again soon!
Posted in Fishing, fishing hints and tips, Fly casting, Fly fishing, nature conservation, Syon park fishery, Thames Sea Trout, Thames Trout, Uncategorized
Tagged Conservation, Fly design, Fly fishing, Hard fighting fish, London, Nature, Outdoors, Quality lifestyle, Rainbow trout, Recreation and Sports, Sustainability